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UNRIC Library Newsletter - August 2014

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climatesummitEnglish: http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/
French: http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/fr/
Spanish: http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/es/
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action.

For more information on Climate Change – UNRIC Library Backgrounder:
English - http://archive.unric.org/en/unric-library/29084
French - http://archive.unric.org/html/english/library/backgrounders/climatechange_french.pdf

indigenous-banner2English: http://www.un.org/en/ga/69/meetings/indigenous/
French: http://www.un.org/fr/ga/69/meetings/indigenous/
Spanish: http://www.un.org/es/ga/69/meetings/indigenous/
The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be held on 22-23 September 2014. The meeting will be an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

A/69/1 - Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization
English, French & Spanish: http://undocs.org/A/69/1
German: http://www.un.org/depts/german/gs/a-69-1.pdf
The Annual Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization is now available. As the Secretary-General states in his conclusion, the "report is an account of progress over the past year in delivering the eight long-term organizational priorities identified by Member States." The annex to the report includes “Millennium Development Goals, targets and indicators, 2014: statistical tables”.

UNTERM – now global portal
unterm logoYou may be familiar with the online database UNTERM, which has been providing official United Nations terminology produced at United Nations Headquarters for many years. This database has now expanded into a more friendly, global portal for terminology, which includes content produced by the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) at the four largest duty stations and by the five regional economic and social commissions of ECOSOC. The global portal currently houses around half a million records of United Nations nomenclature and technical terminology in the six official languages, as well as – for some records – in German and Portuguese; it will soon replace unterm.un.org. Notes, definitions, sources and hyperlinks provide additional information to anyone writing, editing, speaking, translating or interpreting UN texts and having to deal with “UNese”.
Entries from DETERM - the database of the German Translation Section accessible at http://determ.un.org - will be included in the future.


Peace and Security

Security Council Concept Note: Security Council Open Briefing on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2014
English, French & Spanish: http://undocs.org/S/2014/571
To mark World Humanitarian Day the Security Council held a briefing on 19 August that focussed on the protection of humanitarian workers. In order to help steer the discussion on the subject, the United Kingdom has prepared this concept note.

Security Council Concept Note: Security Council Open Debate on Conflict Prevention, 21 August 2014
English, French & Spanish: http://undocs.org/S/2014/572
The Security Council held an open debate on “on conflict prevention, 21 August 2014. In order to help steer the discussion on the subject, the Security Council President for the month of August, United Kingdom, has prepared this concept note.

 United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Fact Sheet: 30 June 2014 (DPI/1634/Rev.158, July 2014)
English: http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/resources/statistics/factsheet.shtml
French: http://www.un.org/fr/peacekeeping/resources/statistics/factsheet.shtml
Spanish: http://www.un.org/es/peacekeeping/resources/statistics/factsheet.shtml
German: http://archive.unric.org/html/german/dpi1634dt.pdf

United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Missions – Fact Sheet: 30 June 2014 (DPI/2166/Rev.132, July2014)
English: http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/documents/ppbm.pdf
French: http://www.un.org/fr/peacekeeping/documents/ppbmf.pdf
German: http://archive.unric.org/html/german/dpi2166dt.pdf
Dutch: http://issuu.com/unric/docs/fact_sheet_politieke_missies_en_vre

UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Gaza (updated version)

UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Iraq (updated version)
English: http://archive.unric.org/en/unric-library/29268
French: http://archive.unric.org/html/english/library/backgrounders/iraq_french.pdf

Economic & Social Development

The Challenges of Climate Change: Children on the front line (UNICEF)
E-book & pdf: http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/716  
ccc cover 200As evidence of the increase in greenhouse gasses mounts, children – the most vulnerable and largest population affected by climate change – continue to be ignored in high level climate negotiations. In response, top climate change thinkers have joined forces to analyze a range of dilemmas and challenges for children thrown up by the unabated warming of the world. This new publication produced by the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, seeks to broaden and deepen understanding of child rights dimensions in the climate change discourse.

Generation 2030/AFRICA (UNICEF)
Generation 2030By 2050, Africa will be home to two in five of the world’s children. This unprecedented projected increase gives policymakers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to craft a child-focused investment strategy that enables the continent, and the world, to reap the benefits of Africa’s demographic transition. According to Generation 2030/Africa, high fertility rates and rising numbers of women of reproductive age mean that over the next 35 years, almost two billion babies will be born in Africa; the continent’s population will double in size; and its under-18 population will increase by two-thirds to reach almost a billion children. Generation 2030/Africa calls specifically for investment in expanding access to reproductive health services and efforts to empower girls and keep them in school. National development plans must adapt to prepare for demographic shifts, notably through stronger civil registration and vital statistics systems.    

Mental Health Matters: Social Inclusion of Youth with Mental Health Conditions (DESA)
Mental-health conditions are the leading causes of adjustment problems in adolescents and young people worldwide. Mental-health conditions have a significant impact on the development of over a billion youth and their social and economic integration, including employability. Nearly one fifth of the global population is comprised of youth aged 14-24 years, with 85-90 per cent of this group living in low-income countries. In high-income countries, it is estimated that about 5 per cent of the population have a serious mental illness. On a global level, it is estimated that approximately 20 per cent of youth experience a mental-health condition each year.

The Right to Education: Law and Policy Review Guidelines (UNESCO)
These Guidelines were developed to assist countries wishing to assess the compatibility of their national education laws and policies with international standards. The booklet aims to provide guidance on national education legal and policy frameworks.

UNFCCC: New Newsroom launched on website
English: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/
Spanish: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/ES
The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has launched a new front page Newsroom on the UNFCCC website offering news on the intergovernmental climate process, along with reports of how governments, people, companies and cities across the world are taking action. The Newsroom is designed to explain notable happenings in the international talks and how a groundswell of climate action is building around the globe ahead of a successful, new global climate change agreement in 2015.

United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library Research Guides: Ebola Virus Outbreak - Quick Guide
This guide is intended to provide delegates and UN Secretariat Staff with selected content from both UN and non-UN sources. It references third-party web sites, books and articles. It does not imply the endorsement of the content by the United Nations.

Human Rights

Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine - 15 July 2014 (OHCHR)
The latest report covers the period of 8 June to 15 July 2014. The report points out how impunity in the areas under the control of the armed groups in the east has led to the collapse of the rule of law. The deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine is impacting adversely on the rest of the country, with more than 100,000 people fleeing the areas of fighting.

«Surrounded by Death»: Former Inmates of Aleppo Central Prison, The Syrian Arab Republic (OHCHR)
A paper issued on 12 August 2014  by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)  details the “indescribable suffering” that detainees and prisoners at Aleppo Central Prison endured prior to and during a year-long siege by several armed opposition groups. The inmates have reportedly been subjected to serious human rights violations and abuses by the Government officials, as well as by several armed opposition groups, and their conditions of detention are believed to remain dire following their recent transfer to other places of detention.

Updated Statistical Analysis of Documentation of Killings in the Syrian Arab Republic (OHCHR, August 2014)
An updated analysis carried out by data specialists on behalf of the UN Human Rights Office has led to the compilation of a list of 191,369 cases of individuals reported killed in Syria between March 2011 and the end of April 2014, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced on 22 August 2014. The latest study – the third in a series commissioned by the UN Human Rights Office -- was conducted using a combined list of 318,910 reported killings, fully identified by the name of the victim, as well as the date and location of the death. Any reported killing that did not include at least these three elements was excluded from the list, which was compiled using datasets from five different sources1, three of which have reported killings throughout the whole three-year period, and two of which – including the Government of Syria – cover only part of the period.